The wetlands were built in reaction to Lake George’s declining water quality. They sit beside West Brook Road, where researchers found half of Lake George’s southern basin’s contaminants came from.
The property includes eight or nine peaks above 1,000 feet, five ponds, and extensive wetlands along the North Branch of the Boquet River. Peregrine falcons nest on cliffs on Eagle Mountain.
According to the DEC, its regulations since 2016 have required boat owners take “reasonable precautions” to clean, drain and dry their vessels, trailers and docks before launching them in any public water body.
Since 2016 the group has worked to spread the message that saving pollinators such as butterflies and bees is important for farms, food security and biodiversity in the Adirondacks.
A U.S. Geological Survey crew installed temperature gauges, nutrient sensors and fluorometers that can measure chlorophyll and colors indicating certain species of algae in Seneca Lake near Geneva.
Leave No Trace principles address topics such as how to prepare for trips, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, how to dispose of waste properly, and even how to post to social media responsibly. The principles are used by federal land management agencies, national parks, and organizations around the country.
The Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College collected data showing that two-thirds of the wells it tested downslope from state roads were polluted by sodium beyond the federally recommended health limit of 20 parts per million. State crews spread salt to de-ice the roads, and it ultimately spills into nearby streams and leeches into the groundwater.
Efforts to educate hikers about proper backcountry ethics will continue this summer in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, as the area has been designated an official Leave No Trace Hotspot for 2019.
Some of Lake George’s top defenders worry that two boat launches on northern Lake George could become portals to invasives that they have so diligently tried to keep out.
Sandra Postel—author, most recently, of “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity”—has never underestimated the challenges of restoring water quality.